Definition of Subpoena:

  1. A writ ordering a person to attend a court.

  2. Court order directing a witness to appear in the court on a certain day, to give evidence or produce specified documents required as evidence. Failure to comply with a subpoena without due cause is considered contempt of court, and is punishable with a fine and/or imprisonment. Subpoena is Latin for under a penalty.

  3. A subpoena is a formal written order issued by a court that requires a person to appear in court and testify, or produce documents. A subpoena cannot be ignored as it is a court order. Failure to respond to a subpoena may be punishable as contempt of court.

  4. A subpoena is typically requested by an attorney on behalf of the court and issued by a court clerk, notary public or justice of the peace. A subpoena may be served on an individual either through personal delivery, email, certified mail or even by reading it out aloud. It is also called a writ or administrative summons.

  5. Summon (someone) with a subpoena.

Synonyms of Subpoena

Summon, Summons, Serve with a summons, Subpoena, Serve with a writ, Call, Order, Command, Directive, Direction, Decree, Edict, Injunction, Mandate, Dictate, Commandment, Diktat, Demand, Bidding, Requirement, Stipulation, Charge, Ruling, Mandate, Pronouncement, Bid come, Call, Call away, Call back, Call for, Call forth, Call in, Call out, Call together, Call up, Certiorari, Citation, Cite, Conjure, Conjure up, Convene, Convoke, Demand, Evoke, Garnishment, Habeas corpus, Indent, Invoke, Monition, Muster, Muster up, Order up, Page, Preconize, Recall, Requisition, Send after, Send for, Serve, Summon, Summon forth, Summon up, Summons, Venire, Venire de novo, Venire facias, Warrant, Writ, Writ of summons

How to use Subpoena in a sentence?

  1. The Queen is above the law and cannot be subpoenaed.
  2. A subpoena may be issued to compel their attendance.

Meaning of Subpoena & Subpoena Definition